Yesterday I met up with the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) of Indiana at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) for the opening of a new textile exhibit of fashion with the Curator Niloo Paydar. While I am not a big fashion fan, I do love fiber and textiles and getting together with others who love them as well. I really enjoyed the unusual, interesting, and beautiful collection that Niloo put together. It was basically chronological. The lighting was dramatic spotlighting the clothing while keeping the walls and the rest of the room fairly dark. So, while my pictures of people not in the spotlights didn’t turn out well, the clothing was well lit to photograph.
We met for lunch at the IMA cafe which is one of my favorite places to eat. Always fresh and delicious. We discussed the upcoming SAQA exhibit that will be at the IMA next year. The call for entry is here and is open to SAQA members in these states: Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, and Tennessee. It is an artist response to Marie Webster’s quilts. It will be in conjunction with an exhibit of Marie’s quilts in the textile department.
Every year SAQA has an auction of 12″x12″ quilts. You can see my leather quilt: Bee Play II here. The quilt I donated last year now resides in Paris. I hope my bee lands in another good home this year as both quilts have bees on them. I may need to continue that unintentional theme.
The clothing ranged from recycled, to paper, to satirical, to haute couture. They were all beautiful and all interesting. Here is a vest made from reused zippers. I know my daughter is going to love this one.
Niloo told us about different ways they acquire articles. One way is through donations,
such as this hand painted and hand made dress by Zondra Rhodes that Niloo donated.
I had an enjoyable afternoon and hope that if you are in the area you will stop by the Indianapolis
Museum of Art to see Cutting Edge. The pictures I shared here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are some others posted on my Facebook page Barbara Triscari, which is public, so you don’t have to friend me to just check out the pictures of the exhibit.